D.H Lawrence: 'the Virgin and the Gipsy, ' Study of Chapter Ix

Topics: Human sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior Pages: 3 (989 words) Published: November 2, 2010
In What Ways Is Chapter IX Important to the Reader's Understanding Of 'The Virgin and the Gipsy' as a Whole?
The events which take place in chapter IX of Lawrence's, 'The Virgin and the Gipsy' act as a series of conclusions to themes and ideas which have been running throughout the novella. Most prominent is the conclusion of the relationship between Yvette and the Gipsy, in fact the entire chapter becomes highly sexualised as Lawrence depicts the metaphorical (or anticipates the literal) sexual union of Yvette and the Gipsy. This union also concludes the conflict of Yvette and the highly conventional bourgeois household in which she lives, and separates her from it. Lawrence uses many techniques in the chapter to depict these conclusions.

The primary event of the chapter, and indeed the whole novella is the flood, Lawrence has made reference to rain and water throughout the novella anticipating the flood. With the arrival of the flood comes the arrival of the Gipsy to the chapter. He arrives with the force of the water, 'Down the path through the larch trees the gipsy was bounding.' He himself arrives like an elemental force and we as readers are made to wonder whether it is him who strikes her powerless, 'She was powerless, too amazed and wonder-struck,' or the water; from a feminist point of view certainly the former. The power of the flood is certainly likened to the Gipsy's masculinity, 'tawny wave-front of water advancing like a wall of lions.' Lions being highly predatory and masculine where the female is concerned. What's more, he seems o exert more force on her than the water does. Lawrence frequently repeats the forcefulness behind the Gipsy's actions, 'seizing her arm,' 'The gipsy dragged her', 'the gipsy clawed his way up this terrace to the dry level of the path, dragging her after him,' 'then he pulled her up.' Throughout the ordeal Yvette hardly ever acts for herself and he completely dominates all of her movements. Whilst it is true that...
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